-It was nearly 3 years ago, June 4th, 2008 when then-Senator Barack Obama told the American Israel Political Affairs Committee Annual Policy Conference (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., that he would be “unshakeable” in his commitment to Israel’s security.
“I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel's security,” Obama told the crowd.
“The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” Obama added.
“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have the right to govern themselves, and reach their potential, in a sovereign and contiguous state,” Obama said.
Among those critical of the president’s recommendation is Israel's prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu says his country cannot return to the boundaries it held before the 1967 Mideast war.
Netanyahu claims that such lines are "indefensible."